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Perestroika: The Last Attempt to Create the New Soviet Person

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Jul. 20, 2018
10:30am – 11:30am


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Perestroika: The Last Attempt to Create the New Soviet Person

Co-sponsored by the History and Public Policy Program.

Perestroika is most frequently interpreted retrospectively, as the final stage in the Soviet Union’s demise and part of a broader transition to capitalist democracy. Dr. Courtney Doucette goes back to the reforms’ inception in 1985, however, to study the intentions of perestroika’s architects.  With discussant Steven Harris, Doucette will analyze how these pivotal reforms were designed to overcome a pervasive moral crisis by refreshing the populace and attempting to create a more engaged Soviet citizen.

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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more

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